With so many witch legends and stories to explore, here are a few to begin with…
The Story of Taliesin
by Jennifer Cochrane
Once there was a witch named Ceridwen, and she had two children. The one, her daughter, was as beautiful a child as you could ever hope to see; the other, her son Morfran, was so ugly, ill-favored and stupid that he sickened everyone who saw him….read more
Was the Greek priestess of Apollo who predicted the downfall of Troy. She would enter visionary states and prophetic verses would fall from her lips, much in the way of the Delphic Oracle. She was considered mad, however, and her warnings went unheeded. War was inevitable and the siege of Troy resulted in that civilization being wiped out. Though all the men were murdered and the woman sold off to the Greeks as slaves (many others chose suicide rather than enslavement), she and many of the other Trojan women survived. She used perfume and incense in her craft; fire and flame was important to Kassandra as well…excerpt from fortune city Her prophesy
by Thomas Middleton, 1613
Middleton’s chief witch is a 120-year-old practitioner called Hecate. Her magic adheres to the Classical standard.
Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony. It was discussed briefly in the work Little Illiad from the 6th century B.C. and figures in the Argonautica.
Morgan Le Fay
In the link above, Morgan has a bad reputation; she is evil, promiscuous, a temptress. Elsewhere, Morgan is a heroine. It’s been suggested she manipulated Merlin and was also known as the Lady of the Lake. The inconsistency of the research material available makes it difficult to pinpoint who Morgan Le Fay actually was.
Hecate, the witch
Hecate, the goddess
Hecate, Greek goddess of the three paths, guardian of the household, protector of everything newly born, and the goddess of witchcraft — once a widely revered and influential goddess, the reputation of Hecate has been tarnished over the centuries. In current times, she is usually depicted as a “hag” or old witch stirring the cauldron. But nothing could be further from the image of Hecate’s original glory... read the Mystery of the Maiden
The audio tale of Rival Witches: Hansom Abby and Black Mag. A children’s story from American Folklore as told in narration. visit the site
The Pendle Witches is a story of witch trials in the 1600’s that begins with accusations of witchcraft. The site in the UK is now a popular tourist attraction.
A wonderful interpretation of the ancient craft of poesy (poetry) and its oral, spiritual, and cultural significance specifically to the Irish journey. A must read for poets of all genres… Cauldron of Poesy.
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